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RED DUST (1932)

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All RegionsAll Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: alliance entertainment
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B009RNK10K
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From the first moment wisecracking Vantine (Harlow) takes refuge on the plantation run by Carson (Gable), he sizes her up as an easy mark for his virile charm. But when a research engineer (Gene Raymond) and his elegant wife, Barbara (Mary Astor), appear on the scene, Carson falls hard for the beautiful Barbara, discarding Vantine as nothing more than a "cute little trick." The steamy rivalry between the women soon boils into a jealous rage - with violent consequences. Oscar-«-winning Best Director Victor Fleming (Gone with the Wind, 1939) deftly orchestrates the script's tense drama and hilarious erotic comedy, helping Gable and Harlow turn Red Dust into pure gold.

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) presents "RED DUST" (1932) (83 min/B&W) -- Starring: Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Gene Raymond, Mary Astor, Donald Crisp

Directed by Victor Fleming

Pre-Production Code days that was pretty far -- Clark Gable & Jean Harlow exude sexuality, openly lusting for each other & spreading hormones around the screen. Harlow's lines of dialogue are both witty & suggestive, while Gable talks with his eyes and his hands. They were a perfect cinematic match and this film was such a big success that they would repeat the same basic plot 3 years later in China Seas (1935), although the Code would cause that film to be a bit more tame.

This film is without a doubt is the best of Harlow and Gable ever made together. Harlow is magnificent and looks like a dream. She puts Gable in his place every time he utters a word. Together, they are magic - such chemistry! The rest of the cast just fades when these two melt together.

Two scenes that are memorable - Harlow bathing in the water barrel and cleaning out the parrot's cage. She is terrific -- There is no other blonde bombshell that even comes close to this original, during her heyday.

Mary Astor's character is also very well done as we see and believe that Clark is just so tempted by her and she by him.

* Special Footnote: -- Greta Garbo was originally cast as Vantine. But when the script underwent drastic re-writes, the role was recast with Jean Harlow.

** Another Special Footnote: -- During filming of the famous rain barrel sequence, Jean Harlow reportedly stood up - topless - and called out something along the lines of "one for the boys in the lab!
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Charming film that has 2 of Hollywood's most legendary stars in the lead roles - Clark Gable and the Platinum Jean Harlow. Those expecting a mild 30's comedy may be surprised when presented with this film's in your face bold sexuality. I know I was the first time I saw this and this comedy, along with Harlow's other film "Red Headed Woman", are interesting to watch just to see how different these pre-code films were in comparison to the milder fare that would permeate Hollywood once the strict production code came into effect in the mid 30's. Both Gable and Harlow ooze sex and on screen charisma and when they appear on screen, they command our attention.

Harlow plays a lovably hooker, Vantine, who winds up staying at a South-east Asian rubber plantation run by Carson (Gable). Although Carson is not immediately smitten with the platinum cutie, they end up falling for each other and the sexual chemistry here is like nothing I have seen before. Others in the cast are Mary Astor, who plays the annoying other woman, Barbara. A boring society wife who ends up staying at the plantation with her sick husband (Gene Raymond) while he recovers from his ailment. Carson soon falls for Barbara and the sexual tension between the 3 is explosive.

There is a lot of comedy, romance, drama and action here so the film moves along at a steady pace. Although there are moments in the film that I always question, for instance, Gable falling head over heels for the cold Barbara, is a bit of a mystery to me, especially when being in the company of another more exiting gal (Harlow) and the characters are sometimes a bit loopy but this film still smoulders and is one that I never get tired of watching.
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The 1932 film "Red Dust," the first cinematic pairing of platinum blondeshell Jean Harlow and the virile Clark Gable, is obviously inspired by the success of Somerset Maugham's "Rain." Once again we have a fallen woman, Vantine Jefferson (Harlow), a Saigon prostitute, running from the police who hides out on an Indo-China rubber plantation run by an unshaven Dennis Carson (Gable). Harlow's character talks tough, but she is a sizzling sexpot (this is the film where she takes a bath in a rain barrel) who sasses him back every time he tries to give her the business. Soon he falls for all of her vamping and tries to get her to accept some meony so she can start her life anew some place else.
The next boat arrives at the plantation and delivers engineer Gary Willis (Gene Raymond) and his wife, Barbara (Mary Astor). Willis has been stricken with fever and while he recovers Carson forgets about Vantine and falls for Barbara. Then things start getting really complicated. But the main attraction here is these characters wallowing in sins of the flesh in a film made two years before the Code cleaned up Hollywood (and five years before Harlow's death at the age of 26). You will never think the same thoughts about your favorite cheese again after watching Harlow and Gable tackle the subject. Gable acts the part of a first-rate cad for most of the film while Harlow drips innuendo about her sleeping habits. Even Astor as the adulterous "Babs" has her moments, as when she and Gable share their first kiss after he rescues her from a monsoon that leaves her drenched.
"Red Dust" is one of those black & white pre-Code films that is steamier than the vast majority of contemporary films that try to deal with the idea of sex.
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